I mentioned in my introduction post that we have two cats (and two dogs that aren't really relevant here....). One cat, Ollie, has UTIs quite often, stressy cat, almost died of crystals when he was very young (he is about 12 now!), and isn't a huge water drinker. We also have Hemi, who is a bit of a binge-purge eater if given the chance, and can be bullyish trying to steal Ollie's food, Ollie lost a bunch of weight, either from Hemi's food stealing, or from the discomfort of the bladder problems...maybe both. We're working on this by doing scheduled meal times, and actually supervising them while they eat (not used to that, a bit of a pain, but necessary).
We are considering raw for several reasons. First off is Ollie and his drinking issue, we're thinking home-made raw could help really fulfill his water intake, also we should be able to keep some fairly high levels of protein while also providing a good source of protein. We are also hoping it could help Hemi lose some weight (while also Ollie gains some....hopefully). We're also thinking home made raw might be a bit less expensive than going canned.
Now, Ollie has NOT been diagnosed with kidney disease/failure, though I highly suspect if it has not started it could be on the way. My concern there is that I have read many places suggesting kidney disease cats should not be on raw...
As far as the entire raw consideration goes, there are some needs for the humans here too....I mentioned the cost (putting out the initial for any supplements isn't a big deal, but we can't spend tons regularly). Also, we need relatively simple....there seem to be SO many considerations and calculations that can be done. We don't want to do that, not out of laziness (though I admit there is a bit), but more out of the concern over making a mistake! Our vet seems vehemently against it....she mentions having people coming in whose cats are lacking in so many nutrients, I think
, given a good set of recipes we can prevent that problem (can we?). She is also worried about it being sanitary, both for humans and animals, but I' confident we can address that safely (I work in a lab....I understand decontamination well).
So, that's the background and my thoughts on it. Are my thoughts on the vet's concerns correct? I don't often go contrary to vet's advice....but I know there are many "camps" out there regarding nutrition, and some vets aren't the best authority. Is it safe to try Ollie on a raw diet, is my logic supporting it right? Could it help Hemi lose weight? Can it be done with a few recipes (including supplements), in a relatively simple/cost-effective way?
Input and food for thought would be really appreciated. There is so much conflicting information out there, anything that can help me make an educated decision would be wonderful! Sorry this is so long, I just wanted to give all of the information I could